Everyone wants to make a good impression on their teachers and doing so is neither complicated nor mysterious. Just know what behaviors teachers are looking for in order to know how to act and thus become a person whose presence in class will be appreciated.
Method 1 of 3: Be appreciative
Step 1. Put yourself in your teacher's shoes
If you were in front of a bunch of cranky, restless, noisy kids for 8 hours a day, every day of the week, how would you feel? You would probably want your students to shut up and do their homework. Try to imagine how your teacher feels on a daily basis to determine what you need to do to be liked by him. If you were the teacher and your students were chatting in class, you might want to yell and slam the door out.
Don't be a burden on your teacher. Don't make your teacher work more than he is already working. Whenever you have a favor or request to ask your teacher, be aware that you are asking them for more work. Take care not to add to your teacher's workload
Step 2. Determine the personality of your teacher
There is no one way to get into a teacher's good graces because teachers are different people from each other. Some are patient, easygoing, and warm, while others are stern and irritable. Try to determine your teacher's personality, his tastes and what makes him angry.
- If your teacher is strict, doing the bean won't get you any advantage. Concentrate on your job, put your head down and do what is expected of you, without being noticed.
- If your teacher is more of the warm type, he or she might appreciate more the students who participate and bring the class to life. To make this teacher like you, open up, share your ideas, while continuing to do your job to the best of your ability.
Step 3. Know when to erase yourself
Contrary to what you might think, teachers don't like beans. The student in your class who everyone else thinks of as the favorite is probably not the one the teacher prefers. Keep this in mind.
You do not need to participate more than the other students. Just be sure to contribute to the class every now and then and participate in a positive vibe
Step 4. Be creative
If you want to go the extra mile, try to put a touch of creativity in your work so that you stand out from the rest of your class and come across as a quirky, talented, and appreciable student. Choose presentation topics that will allow you to be creative, or do your homework in a slightly different way than others. Do your best and never settle for the minimum.
Imagine this: your teacher, when he comes home in the evening, has to sit down and write down 20, 50 or even sometimes 100 copies. If all the homework is the same, what a bother! By injecting a personal and creative touch into your work (while respecting the instructions of the work requested), you will bring a little bit of distraction to your teacher
Step 5. Say what you think
When you are in class, be honest. As you grow and advance in your studies, your teachers will appreciate even more students who know how to think for themselves and don't just repeat what they have heard. Regardless of your age, showing that you are a creative and independent thinker will earn the respect of your teachers.
Saying what you think doesn't mean disrupting the lesson. If you don't want to do your homework because it bothers you, then there is nothing positive about it
Step 6. Thank your teacher for his work
During your schooling, you should find the opportunity to thank a teacher whom you particularly appreciate. The teaching profession is difficult and he will appreciate your recognition.
- In some cases, a small gift will be a good way to show your appreciation. Be aware that some teachers might be offended if the gift seems particularly elaborate, expensive or inappropriate. Your giveaway shouldn't look like you're bribing.
- In some countries, it is common to invite your teacher to dinner with your family. This kind of invitation would be a good way to thank a teacher.
Method 2 of 3: Behave well in class
Step 1. Pay attention in class
The best way to be appreciated by a teacher is to pay attention in class. The more attentive you are and the better you follow the course, the easier it will be for you to do your homework, participate and be a good student.
- If you have trouble concentrating in class, discuss it with your teacher and parents. It is possible that you are not sufficiently stimulated by the level of the class or that you suffer from attention deficit disorder for which you will need to consult a professional.
- While it is fun to sit near your friends, try to just see them during recess, on the bus, or between lessons. It might be best if you don't sit down with them in class, in order to avoid being tempted to heckle. You could then miss important elements of the course.
Step 2. Follow the teacher's instructions
When you are in school, you should do what is asked of you, as quickly and calmly as possible. If it's time to put your things away and go to lunch, that doesn't mean it's time to play with your neighbor or stick your gum under the table. Listen and follow the instructions.
Also follow the teacher's instructions when you are not in class. If you need to read a chapter from a book for the next day's class, do so. Don't skip homework by thinking your teacher will like you for being nice. Do your job
Step 3. Be respectful
It is very important that you are respectful and kind, not only to your teacher, but to all students and staff. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
- Do not argue in class when it is not the time. The teacher will not be happy if you interrupt the lesson.
- Some students think that teasing the teacher is a good way to be liked by their classmates, but this kind of behavior is disrespectful to everyone and especially the teacher.
Step 4. Participate in the classroom in a positive way
When you are in class you will need to do more than just be present and pay attention. Often the teacher will look for volunteers or ask questions of the class. It is important that you show up at the right times. Do your best to make the class run in a positive way.
- Work politely in small groups. When the time comes to work in groups, do your part of the work, don't create problems, interrupt the process, and don't just wait while others work.
- If you see other students heckling, don't make a big deal out of it. You can simply move the course forward by focusing on your work. Don't get distracted by disruptive students.
Step 5. Get organized
Make the effort to have a clean and tidy desk, locker and satchel. Your teacher is neither your father nor your mother and shouldn't have to line up behind you. There's no better way not to be liked by a teacher than to leave a mess in the classroom.
Method 3 of 3: Be a good student
Step 1. Hand in your homework on time
In class, focus on your work and do your best. Follow the instructions given and return your work on time. That should be enough to make your teacher happy.
- When your teacher gives you homework, allow enough time to be able to do it diligently. Skipping homework at the last minute is a good way to annoy teachers.
- Never cheat or copy another student's answers. Never ! You would get yourself into trouble.
Step 2. Join the discussion
Teachers appreciate students who participate in the course debate and don't just sit at the back of the class with their heads down. Ask smart questions. Show your teacher that you are listening when he speaks.
Very often, if you ask yourself a question, other students will ask it too, without daring to say it. By asking the questions, you will make yourself appreciated by the teacher
Step 3. Be yourself
It shouldn't be difficult. When you are in class and interacting with your teacher, try to be comfortable being yourself. If you try to pretend to be someone you're not, your teacher will notice. Don't be a bean, a know-it-all, or a tough head. Just be yourself.
Teachers are people like everyone else: they like honest, real, and kind people. Don't think that by being a certain type of person you will have a better chance of getting into the teacher's good graces. Do not play a role to attract attention and you will be appreciated by your teachers
Step 4. Always try to do your best
Work hard and only hand in homework that you have put in the effort. If the teacher thinks you could have done better, he will be unhappy. Don't botch your job. Allow enough time to do quality work. Always do your best.
If you're having trouble in class, let your teacher know you want to do better and ask for help. In some schools, there are study groups and other times reserved for homework help. The teacher will respect your efforts
- Don't let yourself be accused of wrongs you didn't commit, but don't deny the truth. Always be honest.
- Make sure the teacher notices your presence. Don't be a self-effacing student without making a heck of a row.
- Never disrespect your teacher, treat him like he's your mom or dad.
- Don't overdo it all at once. Your teacher will think you are up to a bad job. He might notice that your efforts are just a facade.
- If you have a problem with your teacher, discuss it with him after class and discuss it with your parents.